Dr. Tom: Character and beliefs …

Two interesting things happened last week — besides the other really interesting thing that I’m not going to talk about (much) — both of...

Dr. Tom: Poverty …

I’ve got a really strange idea and here is how it happened. I read a news report about Ben Carson, our secretary of Housing...

Dr. Tom: Aphorisms and tidbits …

A weird week, wasn’t it? Here is some food for thought. Off the wall, maybe out of touch. But, in the immortal words of...

Dr. Tom: The business case for a single-payer system …

Imagine that you run a U.S. small business. You have long-term employees to whom you are loyal and vice versa. You have an anniversary...

Dr. Tom: The fate of our healthcare dollars, now and in...

Medical care in the U.S. is so much more expensive than every other country. How can we fix that? A dollar in U.S. medical...

Dr. Tom: A Brief History of the U.S. Government and Healthcare,...

While everyone would agree that the passage of Medicare in 1965 was a landmark event in not only American healthcare but also American politics,...

Dr. Tom: A Healthcare Heuristic …

I am deviating from my plan to write more about the history of healthcare and the U.S. government because of Saturday’s Campaign for Guaranteed...

Dr. Tom: A Brief History of the U.S. Government and Healthcare,...

You will probably be surprised to learn that the first U.S. president to propose any form of government-sponsored healthcare was a Republican. OK, technically a former Republican. Teddy Roosevelt served as our 26th president from 1901 to 1909, after which his hand-picked successor, William Howard Taft, was elected. Returning from a safari and European tour, Roosevelt found himself unimpressed with Taft’s performance and sought the Republican nomination in 1912. Rebuffed, he founded the Progressive Party, which included in its platform the provision of limited health insurance to low-wage earners. (Sorry, I know this is upsetting to modern Republicans, but it is true; look it up. You can take some solace in the Progressive Party’s alias: The Bull Moose Party).

Dr. Tom: Lions and tigers and socialized medicine. Oh, my! …

By Thomas R. Kluzak, M.D. Whipping up fear, to which we respond in a visceral often irrational way, is a favorite tactic of politicians, and...

Dr. Tom: How did you answer? …

By Thomas R. Kluzak, M.D. So, how did you answer the question, “Should everyone in the United States be entitled to health care?” Sorry, that was...
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